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Anyone, how to build a pickup dump bed?
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Paul    Posted 01-06-2004 at 21:23:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
does anyone have any ideas on how to build a dump bed for a 1988 ford heavy 3/4 pu? it would shur be appreciated if you could tell me how / Plans? ect

paul    Posted 03-14-2004 at 18:31:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
issue 91 of mother earth news has plans on converting a pickup bed into a dump. its on mother earth news-main index. good luck.

Tim Norwood    Posted 06-08-2004 at 10:07:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I dont know how to build one, but you can go to and they sell the kits on the net for around $800.00, everything you need included, I think---have not purchased one but my brother has a '78 1/2 ton p/u which he bought with one already installed, and they work great, can dump 80-90% of the load...I am looking at buying one now. Hope this helps. Tim

rhudson    Posted 01-07-2004 at 16:32:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i've been told that mother earth news (back when it was worth a flip) published plans. i have not been able to find a reprint as of yet ( i looked the internet site over with no luck).

there is a company selling an air bag system to lift the body using a small compressor(load hog?). the main advantage is that the air bag spreads out the stresses so its easier to use the stock truck bed as a dump bed. i would not want to use the stock bed so i think the northern unit is better for me. would still like to put together a system from scratch.

Dave Smith, Come and get    Posted 01-07-2004 at 05:23:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Day Brook dump box and lift I have been trying to give away. 3 or 5 yard I believe. It's too good to scrapp. The box has the cab shield. It is mounted on a 1948 Ford F6 frame. The axils are there but I want the rear 2 speed for my 37 Ford Doodle Bug. The lift pump is driven off the pto that bolts to the side of the transmission and I want to keep that also. It worked fine when I parked it about 6 years ago.
Right now it is burried under snow. I am in Western NY. Anyone want it give me a shout.
Dave <*)))><

Joe Sandoval    Posted 02-27-2004 at 19:10:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, I saw that you are wanting to give away a dump bed
that works off of a pto. I have an old '68 Dodge 1 ton
with a pto that is unused. It used to power a bed winch.
I am wondering if I can make this work. My frame rails
are 34.5" apart (outside to outside). The rails have 3
inches of bearing surface. Would this bed fit on my



Fawteen    Posted 01-07-2004 at 05:08:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Northern Tool kit is the way to go for hydraulics. I've got one under my box on my '89 Chevy 1-ton, been there since it was new, still works like a charm.

My box is about pounded to pieces tho. I'm gonna build a flatbed to put on it in the Spring. I'll use the same hydraulics.

A word of caution: If you use the NT lift, drill and tap ALL the linkages for grease fittings before you put it on the truck.

bob    Posted 01-07-2004 at 05:05:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paul A friend of my boys takes the old Midwest wagom hoists and mounts under a pickup bed Think he uses power steering pump to run it. those old hoists can be bought for a song hope this gives you some ideas

Rowdy Yates    Posted 01-07-2004 at 04:39:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Are you using the "stock" bed? If so, there are several outfits that sell kits to convert "stock beds" into dumpers. They can be found online. My brother has a truck with a stock bed on it and he bought one of those "insert" dump beds that fit inside of it, it works great!! Otherwise, if it is a "flat bed", I would find a similar truck with a dump bed and look at how it's built.

Casey    Posted 01-07-2004 at 03:59:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been planning on building one myself. I have been trying to figure out a way of adding a hyd. pump from a old 95 JD roundback. I believe it would do the job. I would put it on my old trusty 83 Ford 3/4 ton.
I used to build my own beet dumps back in the 60's. Carried 8 ton without any trouble on single axle trucks. Of course thats a small load today, probably wouldn't even be allowed at the sugar plant with such a small load.
So what do you think? Can you adapt a hyd. pump from an old combine and would it do the job.
It would be a lot cheaper

deadcarp    Posted 01-07-2004 at 07:20:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
when it comes to hydraulic fluid, a pump is a pump. only real difference is flow rate. they all move oil under pressure. pto pumps, combine pumps, master cylinders, steering pumps, if they don't leak, save them you have a pump! you can fill a reservoir with brake fluid, tranny fluid or the real stuff depends on what suits ya. they all pump and don't freeze. you can add a 1-way ball valve to a brakeline and make a nifty bed lift outa it. or just use a cheapo house jack for remote stuff like dump trailers. i've seen car jacks split firewood so there's no limit to hydraulics, they're relentless. :)

deadcarp    Posted 01-06-2004 at 22:29:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
northern tools has hydraulic kits online that convert flatbeds - they're over $1100.

also look around your area - we have an outfit called l&m steel that sells and bends metal, then you weld it up. i've seen several replacement pickup beds they bend outa flat steel, and 1 big piece gets bent to cover the whole width, tire/tire, then you weld the front end on, fit hydraulics under it and fix a tailgate. (i have them bend up my boiler parts and they do nice work)

LesWV    Posted 01-06-2004 at 22:10:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think that Northern Tool has a 4000 lb rated dump bed kit that contains all the neeed items.

12 volt Hydro pump, Cylinder and Hardware.
I am thinking that they run around $850.00.

I had a friend that built a dump bed on his 16' flat bed F350 and had over $1500.00 just in the componets. So the NT kit may be worth looking into.

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